Big changes

Bespoke: Martin Pell checks a frame for a weighing machine.
Bespoke: Martin Pell checks a frame for a weighing machine.
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The last decade has seen a major change in Marsden Group’s business.

Back then, the majority of the market it supplied was industrial. Now, as much as 85 per cent could be health-related.

But the company still supplies the industrial market and, unlike health, where Marsden focuses on weighing people, the equipment it supplies to dealers operating in the industrial market ranges from fine analytical scales to weigh bridges.

The company uses the skills at its Rotherham plant to make bespoke weighing equipment for the industrial market and also represents manufacturers, explains operations director Mark Coates.

“There aren’t many that do bespoke scales in the UK and the trade comes to us for advice because of the name we have for sophisticated industrial products.”

Marsden’s markets don’t end there.

The company supplies the veterinary market and it still supplies the retail market – although the scales it sells now are a far cry from those its founder set up the business to sell and service in the 1920s.